Examination Information

The final deadline to apply for admission to the July 2020 General Bar Examination is June 15, 2020. All required items must be received by that date.

July 2020 Bar Examination

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners, with the approval of the Supreme Court of Florida, plans to proceed with the administration of the General Bar Examination on July 28 and 29, 2020 in accordance with Rule 4-14 of the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar. The Board has been working closely with the Florida Department of Health (“FDOH”) and other medical experts to identify and implement protocols that the FDOH requires for the safe administration of the exam for all involved, including applicants, administrators, and proctors. Please view the May 5, 2020 press release.

Bar Admissions Presentations

An online version of the bar admissions information presented to beginning Florida law school students is now available. Also available is an online version of information provided for 3L students.

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Based on the latest COVID-19 status, the board’s office, but not the lobby of the board's office, is open on a limited basis. This information will be updated as necessary. Please see the board's FAQs regarding the July 2020 General Bar Examination as well as how COVID-19 is affecting bar admissions for additional information.
The Florida Board of Bar Examiners now communicates electronically with applicants who have portal accounts (those who created their account after June 26, 2017), by posting correspondence on the applicant portal, and sending an email notification when new information has been posted. Login and visit your applicant portal for additional details.
In Florida, the admission of attorneys to the practice of law is a judicial function. This board is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Florida created by the Court to handle matters of bar admission. The primary purpose of the character and fitness screening before admission to The Florida Bar is to protect the public and safeguard the judicial system. The primary purpose of the bar examination is to ensure that all who are ultimately admitted have demonstrated minimum technical competence. In order to be admitted in Florida, an applicant must have proof of good moral character and must successfully complete the Florida Bar Examination.


This site offers answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the admissions process, provides access to the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to The Bar and links to other agencies with useful information. Additionally, the site provides access to a program for completing the Bar Application online and for printing Bar Application supporting forms.

You are encouraged to read and review the Admission Requirements prior to proceeding to the checklists. Be aware of the filing deadlines for the bar examination as specified in rule 4-43. Please note that the filing deadline for the July 2020 General Bar Examination, including the deadline to file a petition for test accommodations, has been extended to May 15, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SCHEDULE OF FILING DEADLINES & LATE FEES
Late Fee
Determined by
February Exam
July Exam
Timely
Postmarked on or before
November 15
May 1
$325
Postmarked on or before
December 15
June 1
$625
Received by
January 15
June 15


Initial applications received after January 15 for the February examination or after June 15 for the July examination will not be accepted. Any application filing requirements completed subsequent to those dates, regardless of the date the initial application was filed, will not be considered to have met the late filing deadline and will not be accepted. If the examination filing deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, then the deadline will be extended until the end of the next business day.
Image of the board's Seal. The central figure on the Seal is a griffin, a universally accepted symbol for vigilance. The griffin is holding the Nordic symbol for fidelity, which comes from Nordic mythology. Beneath the griffin appears the Latin phrase “Clemens iustitiae custodia.” Custodia is the word used for keeping watch in order to protect, and Clementia is used technically for leniency in punishing offenses. Closely translated, this phrase means “Compassionate and vigilant protection of justice.” Expanded, this would mean the watchful protection (or preservation) of justice, a watchful or protective preservation which is compassionate or merciful. The Arabic numerals \"1955\" appear at the bottom of the seal, indicating the year of the creation of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.Copyright ©2011 - 2020 Florida Board of Bar Examiners. All rights reserved.